Simple Tweaks to Resolve Common Google Chromecast Issues

Google Chromecast- Yes, it is great!! In tiny package and reasonable cost, it offers unexpected services. With this, you can stream videos and games from your Android device to a peripheral. Furthermore, you can also be fortunate to mirror chrome tabs and surprisingly your entire desktop to your television which means you can make presentations or play videos without the need to attach cables.
Simple Tweaks to Resolve Common Google Chromecast Issues

However, there comes a time when your Chromecast misbehaves, your experience can turn from flawless to unusable. However, do not worry!! There are available several tweaks and by performing such steps, you can give Chromecast its life back again and improve your general using experience. Here are some handy troubleshooting steps to get the smoothest user experience.

Troubleshooting Steps to Bring Back Your Chromecast Into Action

Factory Reset

When the device is stucked in a permanent reboot loop and cannot be solved by unplugging the power source of the unit and then plugging it back again, then there is a pretty good chance that something went wrong at the time of firmware update or some data on the device got corrupted. To resolve the issue, a soft or hard reset can work. To do this, hold the physical button for a time span of about 25 seconds until the power light blinks.

Check the Power Supply

Poor quality power supply can also compel your Chromecast to misbehave. Troubleshoot it by plugging it into the power supply which you got with the device and then power it off wall current.

Inappropriate Wi-Fi Signal

Wi-Fi connectivity is the friend of your Chromecast and a lackluster Wi-Fi signal can cause it to function improper. Look at the splash screen of the device in order to check the signal strength.

To check it out, on the left side you can see a small amount of rotating text. Wait until your Wi-Fi network name appears and check signal strength indicator near it. On the indicator, there is 4-bars representation to show the signal strength.

Enhance the Wi-Fi Strength

If you are facing Wi-Fi signal issues, move the whole setup including the TV very close to the router.

Encompass the Chromecast for Less Interloping

If your Chromecast does not have strong signal, it could be due to the position of the Chromecast. To resolve, get the device far away from the body of the television or from the wall. Also, make use of a small HDMI extender as it protects the Chromecast from shear damage of pressure on the connection point.

Change the Wi-Fi Channel

The Chromecast does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi and is stuck on the 2.4GHz band. The 2.4GHz band is often jammed with too much traffic and can cause problems. To solve the problem, it would be appropriate to change the Wi-Fi channels. Find out some tools to determine which channel is less congested.

Put Quality of Service (QoS) in Force

If there are a lot of connected devices in your home, it can eat up the bandwidth in multiple ways. Due to this the performance of the individual actions gets compromised as well as the quality of the playback is also in question. This is where quality of service rules comes into picture. Such rules permit you to highlight certain kinds of traffic over different other types to enhance better user experience.

Tab Casting Gap

Local tab casting! It is a fantastic as it features the ability to cast everything from the Chrome web browser tab to the Chromecast device. If you are facing issues with tab casting, step into the options for the Chrome extension and fine-tune the quality of video. Right click the Chromecast extension in Chrome and select the options to access the menu.

By following the aforesaid simple tweaks, you can solve the major Chromecast problems and get it up and running for smooth experience you expected.

Share Button

Diable unwanted plugin in Google Chrome browser

Plugins are certain secondary programs sitting on the browser that could help some elements to be fetched from the web brwosing page. However, there are plugins that could create distractions in the web browser. Removing a plugin wouldn’t be a good idea, but you can go ahead and disable the plugin that is not very important.

Disable plugin in Google Chrome

  • Launch your Google Chrome brwoser by double clicking its icon.
  • To go to the plugins window directly, you need to type “chrome://plugins/” followed by hitting the ‘Enter’ key.
  • Navigate for the plugin that you need to disable and click on the ‘Diable’ button below the plugin. Once you disable the plguin, it will not start with the lauch of the Chrome window.
  • Close the browser and restart it, you will not have the distractions of the plugins.
Share Button

Features of Windows 8 that you seriously need to look at!

Windows 8 has been popular because of most of the features that it has gone missing in. It has been evident that many had upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7 and then, reverted. It’s understood that many users have been disappointed with the Windows 8 features. However, there are few improvements that have also been made with Windows 8. Go ahead and read the features to have a better understanding. This might inspire you to give a second thought for Windows 8.

Speedy booting

Evidently, the boot speed of this operating system is faster than the previous versions. Shutting down and starting up of your computer is faster.

Copying files

The process of copying files is easier. Any time you feel that you do not want the particular file to be copied, you can pause the copying process. If you copy multiple files at a time, you can view the status of the files in a particular window.

Storage spaces

When you look at the storage space, the best thing is that you can combine physical volumes together to create a big logical volume, which thereby helps in creating a huge storage pool for your computer and you do not have to restrict storing your data.


Share Button

3 revealed features of Windows 10

Next operating system from Microsoft is one of the most awaited software programs of this year. If you have a thought that after Windows 8 it is going to be Windows 9, then let us tell you that it will be named Windows 10. Although it has not been rolled out yet, but there are features of this OS that have come to our knowledge from our sources. Here are few of them.

Start menu is back!
Users who were disappointed by the disappearance of the Start menu are going to be happy with Windows 10, as it will get you back the Start menu. Also, it is going to have a mixture of the Metro interface and the Start menu.

Action center notifications

One of the best features of the modern OS is the notifications center, where you will be updated about the latest events/activities of all sorts. Notification center of Windows 10 acts as a repository of only useful information and this is due to the integration of Windows 10 with Cortana.

File Explorer

The experience of File Explorer is really nice. Once you get used to it, you will know that it saves much of your time by getting to the files and folders more easily.

These are few of the features that make Windows 10 a better operating system than Windows 8.

Share Button

Reset Microsoft Word to its original factory settings

If you have been working with Microsoft Word, gradually you may notice that there are changes in the behavior of this tool—it could be with the fonts, toolbars, auto-correct options, etc. This undesirable change demands a re-formatting. Before you start searching for the authenticated CD and perform the time-taking process, we would like you to know another alternate method that you can try.

  • Launch the Microsoft Word in your computer.
  • Click on the ‘Tools’ tab and from the menu, you need to choose the ‘Customize’ option.
  • Switch to the ‘Options’ tab and under the ‘Personalized Menus and Toolbars’ section, you need to choose ‘Reset menu and toolbar usage data’.

Following the above steps will take you back to the original setting and you can start working with your Microsoft Word without any further annoyance.

Share Button

Copy text from the website that blocks it

You could have definitely come across a situation when you couldn’t copy a text or few words from a particular website. This is usually done with a purpose of copy protection. It is generally found in bank websites or other sensitive website.

Did you know that even then you can copy a text from such kind of website? It’s just a small tweak and you can ignore such copy protection. Let us walk you through a simple method to do so.

Disable Java Script

Usually, Java Script is used to disable the mouse action on the websites. If you can turn off the Java Script permanently or temporarily, you will be able to copy the text from the website.

Different browsers have different way to reach to the Java script. Just have a look for better understanding:

  • In Firefox, press F12 and use the settings to disable the Java script.
  • To reach the Java Script in Chrome, you need to plug chrome://settings/content.
  • To access the Java Script in Internet Explorer, you need to click on the ‘Internet Option’-> choose ‘Security’-> click on ‘Zone’-> Custom Level-> Active Scripting

I don’t think it will be an issue to copy a text, next time from a website.

Share Button

How to search for downloaded files in Windows computer?

While browsing the internet, it might happen that you download many files and at the end of the day when you search, it might be a hassle to search for the files. Having that in mind, we do not want you to fumble for your downloaded files. Here is how you can locate the files in Windows computers.

Downloads folder

Usually, this is the place where the downloaded files will be usually saved. So, this is the first place to look for files that you might have downloaded while browsing the internet.

Downloads folder in Windows

Once you have opened up the Windows Explorer, you might locate the Downloads folder on the left navigation pane. This might display the downloaded files.

Share Button

How to locate a duplicate file?

Duplicate files occupy space in the hard disks unnecessarily and make it difficult for the users to accommodate the needed files in the computer. You need to find the duplicate file and delete it. Here is how you can have your duplicate files deleted.

  • Click on the ‘Windows’ button on the desktop or on your keyboard, to open up the Start menu.
  • In the Search bar, you need to type the name of the file you suspect to be duplicated.
  • Locate the Toolbar and search the ‘Views’ tab and click on the ‘Details’ option.
  • Now, you need to scroll down the list of items to match it with the file name you have in your mind.
  • Tally the Modified time and date and if it matches, then that must be the duplicate file.
  • To confirm it, open the file and match the content of the file.

That’s all, you can go ahead with the deletion of the duplicate file.

Share Button

Get Rid of Splash Screen in MS Word

Whenever you try to open up a Word document, you might have noticed a splash screen, which you wouldn’t like to see. Disappointed because you do not find a way out for this splash screen to disappear? Don’t worry! We are here to help you out. The computer we work with is x86 version of Office 2010 that is installed on x64 edition Windows. For different configuration, the procedure would be little different. However, many users have the configuration that we use. So, this shouldn’t be an issue to the major number of users.

  • Right click on the desktop of the computer and choose the ‘New’ option from the context menu.
  • Choose the ‘Shortcut’ option and type the following in the location box:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE” /q”

  • Click on the ‘Next’ button.
  • You need to name the shortcut followed by clicking on the ‘finish’ button.

We have discussed the method to disable the splash screen on the Microsoft Office Word. The same thing can be done with other programs in MS Office suite.

Share Button

PDF Toolkit method to remove Password of a PDF File

Whenever a PDF file is created these days, it is created with a thought of sharing it with the intent user, which is why most of the PDF files are seem to be password protected. These passwords could be annoyance for the users and you might think about not having to type the password repeatedly.

If you know the password and it is a Linux system, you have many ways to remove the password. Out of many ways, today we are going to discuss one of the easiest and an efficient method.

PDF Toolkit method

  • If you have heard about PDF Toolikit before, then you might be aware of the fact that PDF Toolkit is for making changes to the PDF files. To begin the process, you need to install “pdftk” and this can be done through a new terminal. To open up a terminal, you need to press ‘Ctrl+Alt+Del’.
  • Next is to type the following command in the new terminal followed by pressing an ‘Enter’ key:

                                                           sudo apt-get install pdftk

  • This will prompt you for the password, which you need to type in the next column line.
  • There will be an analysis, for which you need to press the ‘y’ key.
  • This will complete the installation process and then, you need to type the following command.

 pdftk /home/lori/Documents/secured.pdf input_pw password output                                    /home/lori/Documents/unsecured.pdf

  • Press ‘Enter’ key to have the command executed.
  • Now, the file without the password will be generated and you can place it in the desired location.

Isn’t it an easy way to have the password of the PDF file removed?

Share Button